Wholesale, Distribution and Logistics (3PL)

Wholesale, Distribution and Logistics (3PL)

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Warehousing, distribution, logistics (3PL) including haulage, storage and transportation is a highly competitive market where winners can rapidly expand and create valuable and profitable businesses. Systems and digital have become integral to this sector and ambitious companies use tech to drive their strategies and increase their competitive position. Mergers and acquisitions further swing the balance in favour of those companies who get this right.

Effective businesses in this sector require streamlined and integrated people, processes and systems, automated tracking, visibility of data and cost control and flexibility.

These rely on well-implemented finance, back-office and warehouse management systems and devices and sensors on products, packaging, in vehicles, on machines and the shop floor. Good organisation requires clear and effective processes and staff who are motivated and trained.

Systems and data must be integrated up and down the supply chain as cost and reliable service is only possible if every link in the chain performs well. Good data and reporting allows staff to make informed decisions, managers to get ahead of issues, and directors to drive the business forwards.

Many companies in this sector are subject to demanding contracts specifying performance and reliability so business continuity planning and risk management are critical. Cybersecurity must be properly managed as outages can be hugely costly and the reputational damage can be extremely serious for the company and the management as well.

Turnaround Publisher Services

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Palletline

Palletline is the UK's first palletised freight distribution company. It’s now the only network owned wholly by its members. Read more

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GRS Roadstone Group

GRS Roadstone Group is Britain’s leading supply-chain partner for sourcing, production, transportation and processing of construction aggregates and waste materials. Read more

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AllTruck plc

Real-world strategy, supplier management and operations. We continue to deliver lasting results as a member of the senior team. Read more

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Sleaford Quality Foods

Provided the Executive Team with an honest and open appraisal and importantly a practical roadmap to pursue to support the ambitious goals of the business Read more

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Nottingham Trams

“Martin is a pleasure to work with and I would have no hesitation in recommending him. He is very hard working, organised and always meets targets. He is very good at working on his own initiative which is great for me as my time is limited and I know that he will make contacts and get things done without me necessarily having to be involved. I am not very IT literate and he always explains things in a way which I can understand which is great”.

Johanna Williamson, Finance Manager, Nottingham Trams

The Delivery Group

“The Delivery Group is one of the UK’s largest ecommerce, retail and postal logistics businesses – delivering over 500 million items per year for a diverse range of B2B and B2C clients including Screwfix, Centrica, Morgan Stanley & J.P.Morgan. Dependable, high quality technology services are absolutely critical to the Group’s dedication to fulfilling client and end-customer promises. To this end we appointed David, our part-time Freeman Clarke IT Director, to work alongside our IT team to prioritise and drive through a programme of IT improvement projects to help position us for ongoing service quality and business growth. These projects included various improvements to: IT Disaster Recovery and Security capabilities, Technical Platform configuration and IT Supplier Management. In addition, David identified some strategic considerations to factor into our Group operating model. Engaging with an experienced IT Director through Freeman Clarke, has ensured we have implemented some important projects at a fraction of the cost of employing a permanent member of staff – a great model from which we will continue to benefit.”

Michael Owen, Group CFO, The Delivery Group.

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